Impress your Guests with this German Glühwein Drink recipe for Your Next Holiday Party!

When you host a holiday party, you really want to go for the “Wow” factor with all your food, decor, and definitely with your beverages.  German Glühwein (or mulled wine) brings the “Wow” without a lot of work.  Glühwein literally translates to “glow-wine” because when you drink it on a cold night, it fills you with a warm glow.  This recipe is the same one we use in the Alpine Restaurant so now you can bring home a little piece of our Alpine Village Christmas Faire all winter long!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 bottle of a dry, red wine
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Stir in sugar, and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and lemon peel
  3. Squeeze lemon juice into the mixture, and add orange slices
  4. Stir, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. (If the water get’s too low, add 1/2 cup of wine)
  5. After mixture has simmered and made a thick syrup, pour in wine, return to a simmer, and simmer for 5 minutes. *Optional: simmer for 15-20 minutes to cook off alcohol.
  6. Remove from heat, strain out all solid ingredients, and serve hot.
  7. Garnish with cinnamon stick, candy cane, or orange slice.
  8. And Enjoy!
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